Summer 2023

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IPCAs are lands and waters where Indigenous governments have the primary role in protecting and conserving ecosystems through Indigenous laws, governance and knowledge systems. Culture and language are the heart and soul of an IPCA. IPCAs vary in terms of their governance and management objectives. However, they generally share three essential elements:

  • Indigenous led;
  • Represent a long term commitment to conservation;
  • Elevate Indigenous Rights.

Thanks to a recent grant from the Calgary Foundation, Miistakis is proud to partner with the Blackfoot Confederacy and Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society Southern Alberta Chapter to explore the development of an IPCA on traditional Blackfoot Territory lands in the Alberta east slopes, to:

  • strengthen Blackfoot people's relationships to their lands and water;
  • inform local and regional land use policies and prioritize site-specific protection, conservation and restoration actions based on these objectives;
  • elevate traditional rights and role in land use management.